DEIB Communications Manager - 24597BR

DEIB Communications Manager

Diversity Equity Inclus Belong
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment: 
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The University of Kansas Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging seeks a Communications Manger to support the execution of DEIB office communications and marketing projects with internal and external audiences. The DEIB Communications Manager will work closely with the Vice Provost of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging as well as the DEIB Leadership team (AVP of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and Director of Strategic Initiatives) on tasks including content creation and proofreading for print and digital materials related to the Office of DEIB’s work. The Communications Manager will lead in promoting DEIB office visibility, helping to highlight campus-wide DEIB accomplishments and progress regarding DEIB key initiatives, such as the RISE Strategic Plan. The Communications Manager will lead storytelling from the central DEIB office and coordinate information sharing from partner offices and organizations.

If you are looking for a rewarding and dynamic career, look no further than the University of Kansas. In addition to a competitive salary, KU offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 96 hours of sick leave earned per year, 9 paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a great retirement program, medical and dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and state of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. KU also offers employees educational opportunities for employees. KU is a great place to work!

About Lawrence, KS

The University of Kansas is located in Lawrence, a community of about 95,000. Only 35 miles west of Kansas City and 20 miles east of Topeka, you will never be far from barbecue, jazz, museum culture, and more. Lawrence has a lively downtown and a thriving arts and music scene, and its local government has enacted ordinances supporting equality for all members of its population. Lawrence locals covet the numerous sports and recreational opportunities, local shops, and a wide range of locally-owned restaurants.

Job Description

55% Communications Strategy Development, Delivery, and Brand Management
  • Develop annual strategic communication plans that support University of Kansas Jayhawks Rising, RISE Framework, DEIB strategic priorities, and leadership needs.
  • Provide written content with a DEIB lens. Writing includes websites, print publications, news releases, social media, email, newsletters, video scripts, presentations, and emergency communication management from the central-DEIB office and university-wide when related to DEIB topics.
  • Maintain, update, and improve all public-facing materials in accordance with university content standards and brand.
  • Track and assess impact and reach of communications efforts for effectiveness and data-driven improvement. Implements changes and improvements to meet targets and outreach goals.
35% Projects and Event Support
  • Provide direct support to DEIB staff to ensure communication strategy, branding, and best-practices are implemented consistently and with high quality across staff’s projects.
  • Create promotional materials for DIEB events such as flyers, email graphics, social media graphics, etc.
  • Design and co-write/edit copy for regular reports including annual report, research study summary reports, and similar official DEIB documents, using information provided by team members.
  • Coordinate photography and video to capture events and tell stories across campus as requested by DEIB leadership.
10% Special Projects/Other Duties as Assigned
  • Respond to inquiries and coordinate with other Public Affairs offices.
  • Build and foster collaborative relationships across the University’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion units to stay informed and abreast of new initiatives, programs, and services in order to assist in telling their story.
  • Participate in rotation with other staff on job searches and campus committees, as needed.
  • Assist other staff members with special projects when needed.
  • Other duties as assigned. As the DEIB office and its work advance on campus, position responsibilities may shift or change to meet office/staff needs.
  • Supervise communications support staff, which may include professional staff, graduate and/or undergraduate student position(s), and contractors and/or vendors.
*Percentages are flexible and differential allocations can be made at any time, at the supervisor’s discretion, in response to changing departmental needs or developments.

Position Requirements

  1. This position requires working on-site but may transition to a hybrid model upon successful completion of the 6-month probationary period.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, public relations, marketing, communications, or relevant field PLUS five (5) years of relevant professional experience.
  2. Experience creating a strategic communications plan.
  3. Experience writing content for print and electronic mediums - i.e. - annual reports, websites, newsletters, marketing materials, social media, print publications, etc.
  4. Professional experience producing communications related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  5. Project management experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master’s Degree in journalism, public relations, marketing, communications, or relevant field.
  2. Professional experience producing high quality communications related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  3. Familiarity with University of Kansas diversity-related units.
  4. Graphic design experience.
  5. Familiarity with University of Kansas style guide and brand standards and/or experience in following brand style guides.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes:
  1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications.
  2. Resume/CV.
  3. Contact information for three professional references (including at least one previous or current supervisor).
  4. Completion of the online application.
  5. Three (3) work samples that demonstrate candidate’s skills, as they relate to the required and preferred qualifications. Examples may include a communication plan, promotional campaign, brochure, newsletter, reports, graphic design products or other materials.
  • Application review begins Wednesday, March 29, 2023 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.

Contact Information to Applicants

Addison Keegan-Harris,

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $70,000 - $73,000, final determination commensurate with experience

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

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